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calendar as we know it. a crash that shut down the beltway overnight. and new this morning, a double stabbing outside a d.c. nightclub. >> good morning. and welcome to "news 4 today." i'm eun yang >> and i'm chris gordon, in for joe krebs. >> let's take a live look outside. it is 6:00 in the morning. 37 degrees. that's pretty chilly right now, chris >> but look at it, it's so -- the visibility is great. the traffic is light. who could ask for anything more? >> that's right. we are going to ask for more because we're getting nice weather. >> sorry. i was dancing to his who could ask for anything more. >> i gave you my cue. >> we're a little happy because of the weather. >> very happy. this upcoming weekend arbgs l , a lot of folks are going to be walking around with a light jacket or jacketless. then next week you'll want to keep most of your body covered. >> get out the ski masks and
scarves. >> just a short time we're going to make the change. as chris said, it's pretty nice outside. just a few clouds overhead. 37 degrees the temperature. yesterday we were around 32 or 33 degrees at this time. chantilly, you're at 34. ft. washington coming in at 36. good morning to you folks out there. 37 degrees in d.c. and cleveland park. we're going to move into the 40s around 9:00, 10:00 a.m. by noontime, lunch time today, 52 degrees, with just a few clouds around the area. then more cloud cover overnight. then it's overnight with a passing flurry through the area but not a big deal. carol? reminder baileys crossroads, we've got an accident westbound route 7 just past columbia pike. this accident blocks all lanes. be careful because the fire department is on the scene. 95 over at backlick, we're busy,
but we're moving at speeds. you'll see more of your friends and neighbors out there. 395 north to duke street, we're going okay. and on the marc trains, we've got a long delay on the brunswick east 870, a 20-minute delay this morning. back to you, chris and eun. >> carol, thank you. 6:02 now. new from overnight, a deadly motorcycle wreck on the outer loop of the beltway. it happened at midnight around university boulevard and colesville road. the outer loop of the beltway was shut down for three hours. the cause of the crash is still under investigation right now. also new from overnight, police in the district are investigating a double stabbing outside a nightclub. it happened before 2:00 this morning. on the 1300 block of ninth street in northwest near the mood lounge. police say two men weretabbed but both suffered injuries that are not life-threatening. we don't know what led to the stabbing or if a suspect has been identified. we'll bring you more updated on
this story throughout the morning as they become available. a police chase in maryland ends in a crash in d.c. the chase ended at the intersection of east capitol street and benning road in southeast washington. police say they spotted a car wanted in connection with several robberies at 7-eleven convenience stores in prince george's county. when officers tried to pull the car over in oxon hill, the driver took off for d.c. officers caught up with the vehicle in southeast where the driver rammed into a police cruiser and both cars crashed. all three suspects inside the vehicle took off. police eventually caught up with one of them and arrested him. his name has not been released. today occupy d.c. and d.c. hunger strikers are joining forces to try to launch three new initiatives aimed at bringing voting rights to the district. the activists are calling for more people to join in the hunger strikes. one protester, adrian parsons,
has been consuming only electrolite enhanced water and vitamins for three weeks now. the activists are also launching an online petition. they're trying to get one signature for every resident in d.c., which is roughly 618,000. they're also proposing a new one cent tax on bottled water that would fund a full-time lobbyist for the district. with just four days until the gop contest of decision 2012, republican candidates are making their last-minute push to grab the attention of voters. ron paul is polling second but has been a strong presence in the state and has a strong grass roots following that could push him to the top. mitt romney is now the front-runner after largely ignoring the state for most of his campaign. and rick santorum is rising in popularity, especially among social conservatives. >> if iowa says you're the guy by pushing us up there into the top tier, they won't be able to ignore us anymore. >> i want to make sure that your vote backing me is a vote that leads me to become the nominee.
>> newt gingrich, who has lost half of his support in the state, is now looking to primaries in south carolina and new hampshire to spark his campaign. and a preliminary hearing has been set in a lawsuit against virginia filed by texas governor rick perry. the suit was filed tuesday. perry had tried to file an emergency motion to stop the state from printing ballots without his name on it, but a judge denied it. perry argues that virginia's ballot requirements are, quote, overly burdensome and unconstitutional. and that they prevented him from collecting the necessary signatures. and an attorney and tea party activist has filed a lawsuit on behalf of newt gingrich in virginia. jonathan mosley filed the suit yesterday, contending that gingrich met the requirement for 10,000 signatures and that some of them were improperly excluded. mosley says he's acting independently and that gingrich has not yet joined the suit.
the gingrich campaign says they believe a campaign worker turned in false signatures, forcing them to be kept off the ballot. 6:05 now. president obama took time out of his christmas vacation in hawaii to pay his respects to the victims of pearl harbor. yesterday the president and first lady visits the "uss arizona" memorial at pear harbor. mr. obama laid a wreath at the memorial, which honors more than 2,300 americans who died in the attacks. afterwards, mr. and mrs. obama scattered white and purple flower petals into the water below. this month marked the 70th anniversary of the attacks on pearl harbor. the 9/11 memorial museum was set to open in september next year, but is now delayed because of a funding dispute. the port authority of new york and new jersey can't agree on who will pay for the museum. the memorial portion, opened three months ago, has already gotten 1 million visitors.
north korea has sent a strong message to other countries. it's going to be business as usual, even with a new leader. the country says despite a new supreme leader, they won't make any changes to their foreign policy or defense strategy. north korea's national defense commission said it will never deal with south korea's president while he is in power. north korea has ended the official mourning period for kim jong-il, and top officials have rallied around his son kim jong-un, declaring him supreme leader. and now a developing story out of russia. fire crews have put out a fire on a nuclear submarine while crew members were still inside. the fire broke out yesterday and engulfed the sub's outer hull. officials say the nuclear reactor was shut down and that there were no major injuries. but nine people were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation. it is now
the title of toughesúfdejeecndad take a look at this video. a man and his dog are safe and sound after getting stuck on the side of a steep cliff in california. the man was hiking with his dog when they lost their footing and slid about 100 feet down. firefighters attached a harness to the man and lowered him safely down the cliff. luckily, no one was hurt. yikes. it's now 6:11. time for weather and traffic on the ones. meteorologist veronica johnson with some good news. the sun today, eun, is going to rise at 7:26, and i can tell you we're going to get a chance to use our sunglasses more than
we did yesterday. definitely getting a little bit of a workout this weekend. across the area right now, we're some five to ten degrees higher than yesterday at 6:00 a.m. we're starting out north and west at 28 degrees. bethesda, laytonsville, potomac, even folks in maryville and oakton 28 degrees now. 46 in morning side and 37 degrees currently at berry farms. going up to a high of 54 degrees. your day planner forecast will be right on the north side of 40 degrees at 9:00 a.m. 52 by lunchtime today. again, some scattered clouds around the area. call it partly sunny. and then mostly cloudy as we start heading into the evening hours and overnight. as far as your four-day forecast, there's that nice weekend. high of 58 on saturday and sunday. carol? >> thank you, veronica. so much for a quiet morning. accident in baileys crossroads. this one is westbound route 7 past columbia pike. a live look with chopper 4.
all lanes are blocked. fire department is on the scene. police use caution, and if at all possible try to avoid that area. continuing in virginia, the beltway at gw parkway picking up pace but moving. and the beltway in maryland at connecticut avenue, no problems. nothing in your way. chris, eun? >> carol parker, thank you very much. >> 6:13 now. 39 degrees.
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sthoping. welcome back at 6:16. a lot of verizon wireless customers are unhappy this morning because of a new fee. starting january 15th, verizon will charge customers $2 to make a one-time payment online or over the phone. verizon claims it is simply passing on the fees that credit card companies charge on each transaction. customers say it doesn't matter.
it's still not right. the fee will not apply to anyone who has an automatic payment set up or anyone who pays for online banking through their own personal checking account. or you can always pay by check. the first list of sears and kmart stores closing does not include any in the d.c. area. the closest is a grand essentials store in maryland. sears holdings announced earlier this week they would be closing more than 100 sears and kmart stores nationwide after poor holiday sales. the first list included 79 of those stores. the evening rush could start early this afternoon. today metro will be running extra trains to help commuter leaving work early for the holiday weekend. metro says it will be open its normal hours this weekend. get out your paper and pencil. there are a few changes for scheduling for marc riders today. on the brunswick line, the train leaving union station at 2:40 this afternoon will stop at silver spring, rockville, germantown, point of rocks,
brunswick, and the west virginia stations. the 4:55 p.m. departure is cancelled. the 5:40 p.m. train will leave at 6:00. on the camden line, there will be 2:00 p.m. departure from union station making all tops to camden yards. the 5:51 p.m. train is cancelled. on the penn line, extra trains will leave union station at 2:50, making all stops to perryville. the 5:25 train will leave at 5:50. >> all aboard. with the new year comes some new laws, and it means you'll be paying a little more at the grocery store and on the roads. in montgomery county, a 5 cent bag tax will take effect new year's day. it's modeled after the one implemented in the district two years ago. the tax will apply to both paper and plastic bags. you can always bring your own canvas bags to avoid the charge. and you'll need to carry a little extra change at the dulles toll road. tolls at the main toll plaza are going up 25 cents on new year's
day. that means it will cost $1.50 for most vehicles. tolls for on and off ramps will remain the same. new toll will be used to fund the dulles rail project. a times square test run today. crews will drop the famed crystal ball to make sure everything runs smoothly this weekend. workers placed the final panels on it earlier this week. the ball is covered with 2,600 waterford crystals. during today's tests, workers will make sure the ball will light up properly. now z burger is handing out free burgers today. the restaurant says it's a last meal before the new year's resolution diets begin. to get the free burger, you have to say my diet can wait when you go up to the cashier. my diet can wait. the deal will last from 11:00 this morning until 2:00 at the restaurants in tinley town and white marsh. >> i think we say that all year round. top ten lists are nothing new this time of the year.
this one is unique. u.s. coast guard released its top ten rescue videos of the year. part of it is to show people the daring rescues of people and their pets. but it's also part of an initiation for the coast guard's newer members, giving them a preview of what they're in for. you can watch all those videos on the coast guard's youtube page and then even vote for the top rescue of the year on their facebook page. 2011 has been a forgettable, regrettable year for the redskins. despite the disappointing year, head coach mike shanahan said he wants to be in this for a long haul. with one game left in the season, shanahan has compiled an 11-20 record overall. he needs to win this sunday to match predecessor jim zorn's record over two seasons. he reportedly told team owner dan snyder, if you don't plan on me coaching here five years, you're hiring the wrong guy. it's going to take some time to do it right. the skins finish up the 2011
season on sunday against the philadelphia eagles. >> let's hope they can pull out a win. >> especially against the lowly eagles. they're 7-8. they've got nothing to be happy about. >> no. it is just about 6:21. you know what we are happy about is this fabulous forecast for the weekend. our meteorologist veronica johnson's in with more. veronica, good morning. >> good morning. that's right. you have to be committed, and that's one thing for sure we are. we're committed to this weekend's weather because it's going to be awfully nice for getting outdoors, maybe doing some of your last raking of those leaves that have been around your house that you keep looking at and going, okay, i'm eventually going to get to that. before the cold sets in, you'll want to get to it. it was cold enough to the upper reaches of the atmosphere yesterday to squeeze out with just enough vigor that little disturbance that came through to squeeze out a little bit of snow. 12:30 to 4:00 yesterday, the counties just north of us. frederick county, loudoun county, and washington county had a little bit of some snow. enough to notice and take some pictures and get folks talking. across the area now, we are dry
and quiet. look at ohio just west of cleveland, east of cincinnati, ohio. there is some showers out there. that's what's going to be headed this way late tonight. that weather system, we're at 37 degrees now. we're going to see highs today getting into or out of the 20s and 30s. getting up to a temperature of 54 degrees. take a look at that. tonight we're down to 40, 35 to 40. great weekend. midnight temperature, folks, 42 degrees with highs in the 50s. carol? >> veronica, thank you so much. we have an accident now baileys crossroads. this one is westbound route 7 past columbia pike 224. our chopper 4 is there. you can take a live look here. it is blocking all lanes, fire department on the scene. if you haven't left home yet and you can circumvent it, please try to do so. marc trains, brunswick east 870 with a 25-minute delay. ouch. brunswick east 890, a 15-minute delay. 66 at 50 and 66 at glebe road picking up volume but moving
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a marine who survived tours in iraq and afghanistan is recovering from a shooting in his home state of florida. lieutenant posted an ad on craigs list to sell a necklace and went to meet two men who said they want to buy it. instead, the men tried to rob the marine. trenker chased the men before they shot him three times. and then he did something unbelievable. get this. he use ed his finger to plug th largest bullet holes until emergency crews arrived. you can see an exclusive interview with him coming up on the "today" show right after "news 4 today." makes the rest of us feel like complete wimps. come on, that's an amazing story. i said i wasn't going to say amazing today. it's on the list of banned words. but that's another story. >> but you did. what if birthday, christmas, and every other holiday fell on the same day every year. two scientists at johns hopkins university have proposed a new permanent calendar that would never change. they say march, june, september, and december would all have 31
days. the rest of the months would have 30. now, christmas would always fall on a sunday. halloween would be moved to october 30th and always be on a monday. and all the extra days created by the earth's orbit would be taken care of by a leap week added on the end of december every five to six years. >> what? >> they say billions in scheduling conflicts and selling -- setting interest rates would be affected. >> but then all the other confusion as a result of now you've got to change all the calendars and everything else that's been printed and all that stuff. >> do we want christmas on a sunday every year? >> i don't know. that's a good question. or halloween on a monday. what about trick or treaters? >> we had christmas on a sunday this year. >> i don't mind that. i liked that. >> you had to work on monday. >> i did have to work on monday. >> other people are smart enough to take the whole week off. >> that's right. not me. not you. >> and joe krebs did. we give him one of these.úx con#
wild chase. an observant officer spots some robbery suspects. what the officers found in the car once it finally stopped. police, fire, ambulance. [ laughter ] >> the best of the worst. local 911 dispatchers reveal the calls that wasted their very precious time in 2011. >> good morning to you. welcome to "news 4 today." i'm eun yang. >> and i'm chris gordon. joe krebs is off. >> we're going to take a live
look outside at 6:31. it is 39 degrees. i'm telling you, we're so excited for the weekend. it's the end of the year. we're celebrating, and it's going to be gorgeous weather too. >> we want to celebrate without having to lug around a coat. remember to take the coat when we go to the party. >> because then you might lose it and not bring it back. >> this morning i'm not going to sugar coat it, temperatures are up from yesterday but still cold outside. in fact, we've got a lot of location that's are starting out below freezing. i wanted to take you back to 2:30. this is when we come in to work. it was nice and story, that sky. look at that, the clouds coming into the area. it is going to be a partly sunny day. some areas are probably getting a little bit more sunshine than others, like i think southern maryland. let's go through the temperatures for you. 36 degrees landover. centreville at 36 degrees. clarksburg, maryland, 31 the temperature. ft. belvoir right now, 29 degrees. we get up above 40 degrees, just
above 40 by 9:00 a.m. the high today 54 degrees. by lunch time we should hit the low 50s. carol? >> thank you so much, veronica. baileys crossroads the scene of an accident. westbound lanes right and left on route 7 are still closed. this is past columbia pike. fire department is on the scene. we've got a lot of delays this morning on the marc rails. the brunswick trains are all delayed. they're following a freight train. brunswick east 870 a 25-minute delay. east 890 a 15-minute delay. and east 872 a 10-minute delay. beltway north at van dorn picking up volume but moving well. the beltway at 29 colesville road, more of your neighbors there, but you're moving just fine. chris, eun? >> carol, thank you. new from overnight a deadly motorcycle wreck on the outer loop of the beltway. the oughter loop of the beltway was shut down for three hours during the investigation. the cause of the crash is still
under investigation. this morning we are learning that two young women killed in a horrible crash yesterday morning were on their way home from a birthday party in silver spring. the accident happened early yesterday morning along university boulevard east. dozens of teens and family members gathered at the scene of the crash last night. 19-year-old tamara johnson and 22-year-old jenice richards were killed when the suv they were riding in slammed into a brick wall in front of a home. friends reflected on two lives cut short. >> whoever didn't get the chance to say what they need to say to her. now is the time. >> we fell off, and i kind of feel bad because i didn't say sorry before she left. >> desaleen james, who was
riding in the passenger seat, is in the hospital with serious injuries. d.c. is on pace to have its lowest homicide rate in 50 years. as of this morning, there have been 108 homicides, the lowest since the early 1960s. compare that to 1991 when there were 479 homicides. d.c. mayor vincent gray and police chief cathy lanier say the dramatic drop in murders is in part due to what they call community policing as well as strong leadership in traditionally more violent neighborhoods. governor bob mcdonnell approved new rules to tighten regulations for virginia abortion clinics. the new rules treat abortion clinics like surgery centers and must meet hospital type standards. in the past, the state's 22 clinics were treated like doctor's offices and dentist offices. anti-abortion activists say the clin changes will make clinics safer
for women. pro choice activists say it will cause the clinics to close. a new law to require parents to notify police about missing children. the law is named caylee's law in honor of caylee anthony. casey anthony did not report her daughter's disappearance for two months. 911 operators can be the difference between life and death, but in prince george's county, the 911 call center has been bogged down by an onslaught of emergency calls. >> i hate you. i hate you. that's my emergency. >> you want to call who? >> i want to call the water department about -- there's no water at this location. >> the call center says about 20% of calls fall into the nonemergency category. because of calls like those, the call center now has a new number with a light system to help
direct calls faster. green means true emergency. yellow means trouble but not an emergency. the current nonemergency number for prince george's county is 301-352-1200. county officials are also hoping to adopt a three-digit number like 311 for nonemergency calls in the future. it is now 6:37. the "today" show is next at 7:00. let's check in with matt lauer to see what they're working on this morning. matt, good morning to you. >> eun, good morning to you. nice to see you. coming up on a friday here on "today," the gop presidential race in iowa coming down to a battle over who can court the most undecided voters with only four days to go. we're live on the campaign trail. also ahead, millions of verizon customers outraged to learn they'll now be charged to pay their own bills. we'll have details on that. plus how is "e" news host julia rancic feeling just two
weeks after undergoing a double mastecto mastectomy. and we'll cover the events and people who made headlines in 2011. boy, was it a busy year. when we get started on a friday morning here on "today." back to you. >> matt, thank you so much. i can't let you go without saying a very happy birthday to you. >> thank you very much, very much. i appreciate it. >> you look great for 83, matt. >> good-bye. >> i can't wait to see what savannah has in store for you today. are you ready? >> i am. she's already given me a hard time in the makeup room. >> have a great day. happy new year. >> you too. have a good weekend. >> thanks, matt. >> he said i've got enough problems. >> oh, please, matt looks amazing. i said it again. chris, stop me right now. it's now in my head. >> you're supposed to cut down on that.
loyalty. the pledge some local voters may have to sign. it's a cold morning, but temperatures aren't quite as low as they were yesterday at 6:41. look at the number there. 37 degrees. yesterday was 33, 32 degrees at this time. you can see a little bit of a golden glow there in the background. our sunrise today, 7:26. so coming up before long. we hit the 40s by 9:00 a.m. by lunch time today, the noon hour at 52 degrees. some clouds around. already they're with us. we've got a partly cloudy sky and scattered clouds for today. we'll see more cloud cover moving in tonight. and may have a sprinkle or flurry after midnight with a cold front coming through. look at the temperatures. they'll be heading on down from 47 degrees at 7:00 p.m. to 45 at 9:00 tonight. your four-day forecast, that's okay. we're going to bounce back up this weekend. the last of the mild air here for a while. 58 here on saturday. 58 on sunday. and then the cold snap moves in next week. we'll take a look at that in a
couple of minutes. carol? >> thanks, veronica. we're watching this accident on baileys crossroads. please remember the westbound lanes of route 7 at west columbia pike are blocked. fire department on the scene. now we've got a live look of chopper 4 with the new water main break. this is eastbound east-west highway at connecticut avenue. we'll be coming back to you with a little more information in a few minutes. 95 at backlick road picking up volume and slowing down. 395 at seminary and king, volume but we're moving well. back to you, chris. eun? >> thank you, carol. 6:43 now. new from overnight, police in the district are investigating a double stabbing outside a nightclub. it happened before 2:00 this morning on the 1300 block of ninth street northwest near the mood lounge. police say the two men were stabbed but both suffered injuries that were not considered life-threatening. we don't know what led to the stabbing or if a suspect has been identified. we'll bring you more updates on this story throughout the morning as they become available.
a police chase that began in maryland ends in a crash in d.c. you first saw this as breaking news on news 4 at 11:00. the chase ended at the intersection of east capitol street and benning road in southeast washington. police say they spotted a car wanted in connection with several robberies at 7-eleven convenience stores in prince 1 car over in oxon hill, the driver took off for d.c. officers caught up with the vehicle in southeast where the driver rammed into a police cruiser and both cars crashed. all three suspects inside the vehicle then took off. police eventually caught up with one of them and arrested him. his name has not been released. a blind man missing for two weeks was spotted in new jersey. mitchell smith was taking a train from d.c. to birmingham, alabama. he got off the train in charlotte, north carolina, but never arrived in alabama. a new jersey police officer helped smith, who is legally blind, into a cab a few days
ago. detectives in new jersey are investigating where smith went during that time, and police in charlotte have closed the case. stood today occupy d.c. and d.c. hunger strikers are joining forces to launch three new initiatives aimed at bringing voting rights to the district of the activists are calling for more people to join the hunger strikes. one protester, adrian parsons, has been consuming only electro-lyte enhanced water and vitamins for three weeks. a few others fasted for shorter periods. the activists are launching an online petition. they're trying to get one signature for every resident in d.c., which is roughly 618,000. they're also proposing a new one cent tax on bottled water that would fund a full-time lobbyist for the district. former house speaker nancy pelosi's daughter says her mother is ready to give up her political career. pelosi's daughter alexandra told the political website, quote, she would retire right now if the donors she has didn't want
her to stay so badly. the california lawmakers' aides are disputing this story, saying it's obviously untrue. pelosi's daughter did amend her statement saying she does not speak for her mom and is just projecting her own personal opinions. now to decision 2012. republican candidates are making their last push to grab the attention of voters. ron paul is polling second but has been a strong presence in the state and has a strong grass roots following that could push him to the top. mitt romney is now the front-runner there after largely ignoring the state for most of his campaign. and rick santorum is rising in popularity, especially among social conservatives. >> if iowa says you're the guy by pushing us up to the top tier, they won't be able to ignore us anymore. >> i want to make sure your vote backing me is the vote that leads me to become the nominee. >> newt gingrich, who has lost
half of his support in the state, is now looking to primaries in south carolina and new hampshire to spark his campaign. >> virginia is facing two lawsuits on behalf of gop candidates who failed to make the state's primary ballot. a preliminary hearing has been set for the lawsuit filed by texas governor rick perry. perry had tried to file an emergency motion to stop the state from printing ballots without his name on it. a judge denied it. perry argues that virginia's ballot requirements are, quote, overly burdensome and unconstitutional and that they prevented him from clebllingting the necessary signatures. and an attorney and tea party activist has filed a lawsuit on behalf of newt gingrich in virginia. jonathan mosley filed the suit yesterday, contending that gingrich met the requirement for 10,000 signatures and that some of them were improperly excluded. mosley says he is acting independently and that gingrich has not yet joined the suit. the gingrich campaign says they believe a campaign worker turned in false signatures, forcing
them to be kept off the ballot. if you plan on taking part in virginia's gop primary, you should also plan to pledge your loyalty to the winner of the republican nomination. according to "the washington post," virginia's republican party has decided that anyone who casts a ballot during the primary will have to sign a loyalty pledge. it reads, "i, the undersigned, pledge that i intend to support the nominee of the republican party for president." the pledge has no legal weight, and voters are still free to vote for whomever they wish. that's interesting. but because virginiians do not register to vote by party, the pledge is meant to discourage nonrepublicans from creating problems at the polls. president obama took time out of his christmas vacation in hawaii to pay his respects to the victims of pearl harbor. yesterday the president and first lady visits the "uss arizona" memorial at pearl harbor. mr. obama laid a wreath at the memorial which honors more than
2,300 americans who died in the attacks. after a moment of silence, mr. and mrs. obama scattered white, yellow, and purple flower petals into the water below. this month marks the 70th anniversary of the japanese attacks on pearl harbor. a dispute over money will delay the planned opening of the world trade center museum in new york city. the foundation in charge of the project and the port authority of new york and new jersey cannot agree on who will pay for the museum. the museum was set to open next september 11th, but now mayor michael bloomberg says that will not happen. now a developing story out of russia. fire crews have put out a fire at a nuclear submarine while crew members are still inside. the fire broke out yesterday and engulfed the sub's outer hull. officials say the nuclear reactor was shut down and there were no major injuries. but nine people were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation. a sure fire way to upset your customers.
a new fee. this morning verizon is feeling the heat. cnbc's jackie deangelis has more on that. jackie, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, eun. verizon wireless is the latest company to cause an uproar over the latest fees. the company is going to start charging customers $2 if they pay their bill online. you can avoid the fee if you enroll in verizon's automatic bill payment program or pay your bill directly from your bank or choose to pay in person at a verizon wireless store. and the apple rumor mill is stirring. reports that apple is preparing two new ipad models for a january launch. although other reports are expecting a february or march announcement. the models would be aimed at the mid to high end market featuring dual l.e.d. light bars to increase the brightness. apple will unveil the ipad 3 at the mac world conference, but apple hasn't appeared at mac world for years.
it will be interesting to see how that pans out. eun, happy new year to you. some people in northern virginia were experiencing flashbacks of the september earthquake after feeling a loud boom. for many the shaking was so strong it revived the feeling of the quake that shook the region four months ago. >> it was a huge rumble. it was so loud, and i just remember getting up off the couch. >> experts believe the explosion was felt because of the overcast conditions. the last earthquake reported in virginia was very early on christmas eve. it was a 2.0 quake near mineral. >> so four months after the quake, still aftershocks. >> still possible. they've had quite a few down there. a lot of folks, they're wanting some snow. >> i know. >> first we have to get cold around here, though. >> my kids want the cold too. >> skiers want the snow too. >> exactly. first we have to get cold, though, and i'm here to tell you
it's going to get cold next week. but i do not think we've got any chances of seeing any snow for a while. we have the flurries that came through yesterday, but i'm talking about snow you have to shovel. i don't think we're going to see a pattern that's conducive to that until we get to the end of the january. so we're going to have to wait a while. 37 is the temperature currently. we have a light wind, and that wind is out of the southwest that's already pushed clouds up into our area. you can see them there as we're on daybreak. sun's up today at 7:26. from 37 degrees. look at that, 28 mt. aerie. 34 around la plata and williamsburg. a sunny type of day. we'll see these clouds break up. we'll get clearing in here sxwrbgs more clouds later on this evening. the rain -- and it is rain right now. cleveland back into cincinnati and chicago with snow further back into minnesota. up across the midwest. real active up there with the lake effect snow really quicking in this weekend.
by monday, when it does get chillier, colder around here, we can see the strong winds flurries coming through on monday morning. as far as today goes, just some clouds around the area. during the overnight period, early tomorrow morning, some sprinkles north of us. all in all, a partly sunny day for us. and temperatures this weekend, you'll really like them. low to mid-50s today. mid and upper 50s for saturday and sunday. right in between that period on new year's eve, the stroke of midnight, we're dry with just a few clouds around. i think at midnight we'll be looking at a temperature of 40 to 42 degrees. there's the wind for monday, quite chilly with a high of 45. tuesday, wednesday, highs, carol, only in the 30s. something we haven't felt all winter long. >> yikes. veronica, thank you. i think. in silver spring, eastbound east-west highway at connecticut avenue, we have a water main break. chopper 4 is there with a live look. eastbound lanes are blocked.
look at the size of that hole. it is absolutely humongous. over on route 7 past columbia pike, this one in baileys crossroads. westbound lanes still blocked by an accident. fire department there on the scene. 270 over at 28 picking up volume and moving. dulles toll road at sunset hills, we are smooth sailing. eun, chris, back to you. >> thank you, carol. today metro will be running extra trains this afternoon to help commuters leaving work early for the holiday weekend. metro says it will be open its normal hours this weekend. there are also a number of changes on marc. for marc riders. be sure to check the marc website to see when trains will be running this afternoon. with the new year comes some new laws, and it means you will be paying a little more at the groesry store and on the roads. in montgomery county, a 5 cent bag tax will take effect new year's day. it is modeled after the one i am i implemented in the district two years ago.
you can always bring your own canvas bags to avoid that charge. and you'll need to carry a little extra change to use the dulles toll road in 2012. tolls at the main toll plaza are going up 25 cents on new year's day. that means it will cost $1.50 for most vehicles. tolls at the on and off ramps, however, will remain the same. the new revenue will be used to help fund the dulles rail project. time is running out on the year 2011. that means time is also running out if you want to make a charitable donation and get your tax break for this calendar year. whether it's bags of clothing, furniture, or even cars. the rush to make year end donation ss in full force. if you want to check out a charity before you donate, the better business bureau is the place to go. we've posted a link on our website, nbcwashington.com. just search charity donations. the new year gives you a chance to say good riddance to some of your vocabulary. lake superior state university released its annual list of
words banished from the queen's english for misuse, overuse, or general uselessness. some of the words the school said should be banned, occupy, amazing, ginormous, baby bump, and man cave. this annual list started in 1976 as a publicity stunt and has since then generated thousands of nominations. carol said humongous earlier. >> not ginormous. here's the thing. i read -- when we talked about this list earlier, i made a note in my head, and guess what? amazing came out of my mouth twice now. >> three times. >> three times. now note to self. try not to use them. it's hard some of the words >> and it could be contagious too. >> it is. what are you going to say about the weather? >> if you plan on occupying the great outdoors today, some amazing conditions. ginormous temperatures in the mid and upper 50s all weekend long. might want to hang out in the man cave next week. >> i love